SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT PROGRAM
(CFDA No. 84.007)
I. PROGRAM PROFILE
Legislation: Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2;
Public Law 89-329 as amended, (20 U.S.C. 1070b) (Expires September 30,
Funding Since 1980:
Fiscal Year Authorization Appropriation
1980 $200,000,000 I/ $370,000,000
1981 200,000,00017 370,000,000
1982 370,000,000 I/ 355,400,000
1983 370,000,000 |/ 355,400,000
1984 370,000,000 £1 375,000,000
Purpose: To enable needy undergraduate students to meet educational expenses,
which exceed the amount of their Pell grant plus family, institutional and self
support. Of the two types of SEOG grants, initial year (iy) grants are
for students who did not previously receive an SEOG, while continuing grants
(cy) are for students who did receive an SEOG grant before. Funding for
initial year grants is allocated separately from continuing year grants, but
institutions have the option of transferring funds between the two.
Funding: Appropriated SEOG funds are allocated to States which in turn allo-
cate funds to institutions. The institutions then distribute grants to
students, each institution having the option of interchanging up to 10 percent
of its funds in the SEOG program with the Work-Study program.
All states are automatically eligible to participate in the SEOG program.
ED allocates 90 percent of the funds to them based on each State's full-time-
equivalent (FTE) enrollment relative to the total number of students in all
States, and the remaining 10 percent under regulations established by the
Secretary. However, since 1982, Congress has provided for an allocation
based on the 1981 distribution of SEOG funds.
Institutional Eligibility: Institutions of higher education are eligible to
apply for participation in the SEOG program. States allocate funds to them
based on a "conditional guarantee" plus increases based on the "fair share"
of total State and total national apportionments. No institution may receive
less than its 1979 allocation.
Student Eligibility: Students in participating institutions of higher educa-
tion are eligible to receive an SEOG if they are enrolled at least half-time,
are maintaining satisfactory progress as determined by the institution, meet
citizen/resident requirements, do not owe a refund on a Title IV grant, and
are not in default on a Title IV loan. Institutions allocate grants to
students on the basis of financial need, subject to the availability of
funds. The maximum SEOG grant is $2,000 and the minimum is $200.validating appli-